disruptive innovation

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with research and development firm 3M to keep pace with the 4th Industrial Revolution.

The MoU enables DEWA to use the expertise of 3M in developing disruptive innovation to enhance operations.

3M will help DEWA explore investment opportunities to develop new services and support promising start-ups in areas expected to shape the future.

For instance, the two will collaborate on Internet of Things and activities such as Hackathons meant to foster innovation, energy sustainability and energy efficiency.

DEWA and 3M will implement pilot projects and conduct research and development to raise standards in the workplace.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO at DEWA, said: “…we strive to achieve the vision of our wise leadership to anticipate the future, and innovate and employ new technologies to achieve the best results. Our strategies and initiatives are in line with national plans and strategies."

The CEO outlined the intiatives:

  • the UAE Centennial 2071, which is a long-term government plan to prepare the UAE and young Emiratis for the future;
  • the UAE Artificial Intelligence Strategy - to create productive, creative, and innovative environments, through the investment and application of AI technologies and tools;
  • the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 - to diversify the energy mix and provide 75% of Dubai's total power output from clean sources by 2050; and
  • the Dubai 10x Initiative, which mandates the Government of Dubai to be a global leader that is 10 years ahead of all other cities through government innovation and reformulation of traditional work mechanisms.

“This [partnership] also helps us make use of the most successful experiences and best international practices in smart grid and data network solutions, to support DEWA’s vision to become a sustainable innovative world-class utility,” he concluded.